The Sherburne County website lists specific guidelines as to what materials are or are not recyclable in your area; please consult this list (as well as any materials you may have received from your county or recycling servicer) as you collect your recyclables. But remember, you can always recycle MORE than just what's collected! Reusable goods can be given to thrift stores or churches, food waste can be composted, some materials can be sent directly to remanufacturers... For tips on recycling MORE than what's normally collected, check out our mega list of what can be recycled and how.
Curbsite recycling is available to residents throughout Sherburne County. Specific guidelines for curbside collection are not listed on the county website, and may vary between service providers. Consult your local hauler for specific guidelines as to what materials are accepted and how they should be separated.
The Sherburne County website features information on recycling facilities and recycling drop-off locations in Becker, Big Lake, Clear Lake, Elk River, Monticello, Otsego, Santiago, St. Cloud, Waite Park and Zimmerman. This directory is available as a PDF file to view, download or print.
Drop-off guidelines for municipal compost sites in Becker, Big Lake, Elk River and Zimmerman are also available on the county website. Grass clippings, yard waste and other materials as noted are accepted; compost and wood chips may be taken for your use pending availability (first come, first served).
The Becker Campus accepts: Yard Debris, Clean Wood, Animal Bedding, and all SSO. Additional information can be found at http://www.fullcircle-organics.com/
For information on recycling centers in St. Cloud, Elk River and Becker, additional drop-off sites and community compost sites:
The quarterly Environmental Educator newsletter lists municipal clean-up events and special collection days for electronic waste and household hazardous waste. The current issue can be downloaded from the county website (PDF format).
You can bring unneeded paints, stains and solvents to the Tri-County Solid Waste Management Product Exchange, and/or pick up products for your use.
(Last updated June 11, 2010)